5 Easy Ways to Make Your Entryway More Welcoming
The first impression guests have when they enter your house will come from the entryway. It reflects the nature and tone of your home. Thus, it is important that you make it open and inviting so that people feel welcome. There are many ways to make your entryway welcoming, but here are some easy and simple ones to get you started:
1. Go Ornate. When your guests walk in, the first thing they will likely see is your stairwell. So instead of having a dull set of steps that lead to the area of the house that is often not used for entertaining, make an impression with something ornate. To be unique, you can easily add a trendy set of stairs with spiral staircase kits. In a traditional style home, you might renovate the stairs so the bottom post of the stairs stands out from the rest with an ornate decoration on top. The bigger and bolder the post, the bigger indication you give your guests of what the house will be like. This is your chance to make that big first impression, so why hold back?
2. Direct their attention up. When your guests walk in, why not direct their attention upwards to a nice bright chandelier? When they see this, they will instinctively continue to draw their attention to either a raised ceiling, a balcony at the top of the stairs, or something else that will take their breath away. Whatever features you have in your home, you can show them off with a decorative chandelier.
3. Make them feel at home. To make your entryway more “homey,” you can add a coat rack and umbrella basket that lets them know they can take their shoes off and feel more comfortable. When the weather gets wet and muddy, this is a polite way to let them know to keep the mess at the entry.
4. Dress it down. If a chandelier doesn’t fit the feel of your home, you can make a more casual impression with a nice area rug or floor plant that still give them a welcoming greeting. Area rugs are also functional in preventing outside debris from being tracked throughout the rest of the house. There are so many different rugs and decorations that will allow you to be bold, traditional, ornate, or simple.
5. Light it up. Entryways often lose a lot of their pizazz because they aren’t lighted properly. Having an open and lit area helps to open up the rest of your house. No one wants to walk in to a dark house. There are many ways to open up and light the entryway so that guests always feel at home and welcome.
Making your entryway more inviting is simple and easy. It will say a lot about the rest of your house, and make all the difference to your guests. Whether you add a few simple touches with some rugs, or go all out and renovate your staircase, you should let your guests know that they are welcome and invited and that your house is open (and well lit).